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Joe Mancini July 22, 2014 at 09:22 am
Dairy Queen? Carvel? What a stupid survey.
Christy Chi July 22, 2014 at 08:29 pm
Dairy Queen doesn't serve ice cream. It has to be classified by them as a frozen treat since itRead More doesn't meet the content requirements to be called ice cream.
Katherine Davis July 23, 2014 at 02:59 pm
Its obvious that most people in this poll are from the Mid and Western portions of the state.
Ray Dalio, a Greenwich resident, has a net worth is about $12.9 billion. (Credit: World Economic Forum on Flickr)
Gus R. Horvath July 21, 2014 at 07:29 pm
Frank in bury. If you are old enough to remember the O,Neil budget fiasco that resulted in theRead More implementation of the state income tax of 4.5%, the alternative was a 12% sales tax. That sales tax would have been also paid predominantly by Fairfield County residents. They carry,financially, the other 8 counties in Connecticut.
arkay July 22, 2014 at 12:57 am
@Gus, counties don't actually mean anything in CT, just geographic borders. Bridgeport is as much ofRead More a money suck as any city in the state, and that's in FFC. There's plenty of affluent communities in New Haven, Hartford, Litchfield counties (and elsewhere) that pay their fair share. Fairfield County does pay a proportionally high amount of taxes, but that is in a select few towns - definitely not northern or eastern FFC, which is more in line with other parts of the state.
Gus R. Horvath July 22, 2014 at 11:55 am
arkay. I was born and grew up in Bridgeport in the 1930s to1960s when it was known as the park city.Read More It was not the drag on Fairfield County it is today. The point I wish to make is that the much maligned billionaires of Fairfield County contribute an inordinate amount financial resources to the state of Connecticut helping to reduce your and my tax burden. My son is a building engineer for Ray Dalio's hedge fund so I am aware of the goings on there.
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Gerald M. Gaynor July 18, 2014 at 06:58 am
It is always nice to see some good news on the Patch. Seeing the opening of a new brewery certainlyRead More qualifies. When I was a young man I envied my Father's stories about local breweries before they were gobbled up by the big national brands. If that was the Golden Age of beer we are living in the Platinum Age!
Cyd Sellars July 18, 2014 at 11:01 am
This is great news! Building back our local economies are the way to get the nation back on track.
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oldtimer June 26, 2014 at 01:07 pm
As a Telco craftsman retiree, CWA always did right by me. It did not "cost" to belong to aRead More national union, it "paid" to belong!
Jim Dooble June 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm
I must say with all due respects to our vets, that many were wished to join but were not allowed forRead More health reasons, simply asthma disqualified me. I myself have given to the community for 15-20 years. Are the towns supporting local community service volunteers with preferential chances on jobs? Lord knows after the 100s of thousands of hours I've done for the local towns I've lived in, I could use some help getting a job, because putting someone in front of me simply because they were in the reserves is offensive to me.
Igor June 23, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Jim there is a valid reason that vets should be getting special treatment in the job market. As IRead More was serving in the Navy for 4 years men my age were building seniority at their place of employment thus they got the promotions. That being said I don't think that should be the deciding factor on hiring someone.
Patricia Pell June 24, 2014 at 01:06 pm
Tips are great and appreciated by wait staff. That said, those of us who don't have extra sometimesRead More can't tip at all. Given the choice we would. When is comes to no tip or not eating out at all. No tip wins. A built in system would be better. Incentive should be the responsibility of the owner, however they choose to do it. You are in the service industry after all. That is your job. You would not expect better service from your doctor if you tipped him. It is his job to make you well. You don't tip your construction worker... it is his job to build your house. They get paid to do their job.
Set the Controls June 24, 2014 at 01:57 pm
In the USA diners tip, never been disputed. If you can't afford to tip don't go out to eat.
REVMAN June 27, 2014 at 11:11 am
I tip 20-25% for good service and 5-8% for not so good service and 0% for bad service. If theRead More servicers wised up they would ALL get 20% plus.
John Child June 23, 2014 at 07:27 am
It's called inflation. Inflation today is nearly 10% (if you measured it like we did in 1980), notRead More the 2% the Gov't keeps re-defining it to. They've redefined inflation 22 times , why? To cover-up the massive wealth transfer (theft) that results from inflation. The Top .1% in the Government and the Banks are robbing the 99.99% with inflation. Quantitative Easing is nothing more than inflation ... The Fed & The Gov't are inflating their way out of the National Debt pure and simple. Get used to smaller and smaller packages. Get used to higher and higher prices. Pantry Portfolios all over the country are expected to yield 10% or better over the next few years, so load up on non-perishables, it'll prove to be a great investment! Welcome to the Zero-Growth New Normal.
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If this story was about any other business raising their prices, we'd be reading about protests orRead More "fat cats" getting fatter, etc. etc.
Lee Snover June 25, 2014 at 06:04 pm
Already too expensive. But costs of Obamacare must be covered somehow.
CT's GDP, courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Captain Obvious June 19, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Since Ms. Antolini has taken to the patch to assail our community with her vindictive rhetoric sheRead More has negated a once useful source of information. Her abrasive, self-serving approach is not representative of our community. Her irrational rants create unneeded controversy doing nothing but leaving Ms. Antolini feeling fulfilled that she has cast, yet again, a dark cloud over our community. Credible community leaders will not engage with any patch representative because of Ms. Antolini. Her act has grown tiresome and we, as a community we need to send her the resounding message that she is not our voice, advocate or representative in any way and her work is of no value to our town. Obviously, we can't prevent Ms. Antolini from posting, that is her right, what we can do is no longer react to her and allow these incessant rants to die a death through not validating them with a response. A.W.
Paula Antolini June 19, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Nice to see you think of me often "Andrew Wiggins."
Dave Lersch July 10, 2014 at 08:25 am
No problem here with energy production...fracking/drilling .... If you don't like it stop usingRead More products made from, or transported by petroleum or gas. As to schools and quality of life....I've spent 30 years travelling around the country and lived in 10 different areas. All had great schools and a rich/pleasant culture to raise a family. In fact, generally speaking, folks in the midwest and south are overly friendly, courteous, civic minded, etc, and that draws attention. I ended up here when I retired and just can't make up my mind as to where I want to move next. P.s. this state government overreacts and fails to understand longer term implications of their actions.... like last year's firearm legislation may not seem like a big deal to most of CT; however for businesses to see how quickly something significant can change, without the benefit of a healthy two-sided debate, portrays a sense of instability and poor mgt. People from around the US aren't flocking to CT because we're safer or due to other reasons stated above. Anyone who votes to keep an incumbent politician in power is just asking for more of the same stagnancy as we've seen.
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REVMAN June 14, 2014 at 09:50 am
This is where D.D. will have to close half of their stores because people won't buy it.
Philip June 22, 2014 at 08:41 am
Donut Delight is way better than Dunkin - so DD can raise all they want
Tmc June 23, 2014 at 08:00 am
Dunkin is fast and convenient; that's what people want nowadays.
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Harry June 10, 2014 at 03:08 pm
40 years of Democrat rule and we see the results. Worst Roads and bridges in the Nation, WorstRead More state to retire, 5th worst to work in, Highest tax burden, highest energy costs. Seriously how much longer before we benchmark a State like Wisconsin? I have ZERO confidence that the CT Gop will bring it home this Nov
MAC June 10, 2014 at 03:40 pm
Harry, shame on you to be so Defeatist as you are in your last sentence! Are you planning to stayRead More home and not vote on election day?
JBrad June 10, 2014 at 04:37 pm
You mean 40+ years of capitalist rule, democrat or not.
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Mark Bellantoni June 5, 2014 at 06:39 am
Caldor was the walmart of yesterday. I was on the executive payroll & opened several stores backRead More in the eighties. Caldor also owned many subsides that were used to supply the retail stores also Caldor sold merchandise to sears & other retailers through there subsides. There were no family members intrested in taking over the business so Carl sold. After that it was all downhill. The subsidies were sold the stores were buying direct & had no clue. That was the beginning of the end. Most walmart stores in the tri state area are in former Caldor locations. Caldor once had a monopoly in the tri state area. But Good things never last long....
confectioner June 6, 2014 at 01:37 pm
Worked in the Caldor buying dept in 88-90, good old Glover ave- no one was more aggressive onRead More pricing with so little stock, they would still be taking rainchecks. Ames, Bradlees, Zayre's and Caldor were so concerned with each other they didn't react to Wal-Mart and Target moving into the area. Caldor had 120 stores mostly in NE and Atlantic States.
Craig R June 7, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Fisher's Big Wheel in Old Saybrook.
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Catherine & Dennis May 24, 2014 at 05:21 am
Stay away from Dollar Tree that is where the majority of their products come from
nascarblue May 24, 2014 at 08:41 am
I agree with Joe Mancini, China has harmed not only pets also humans, they have been trying forRead More years to eliminate our pets, babies, adults, they have no conscious in my opinion they are pure evil, I check all tags on clothes and anything else I buy that may say China, in Walmart yesterday in the pet section I was speaking to a man reading a package, I asked him what he was reading and he said I a looking for China so I do not bring it home to kill my dog. when I was reading what I found was where the product was distributed from, nothing on where they were made, I ended up walking away from the treat area, scary to think these evil beings are still trying to find ways to harm or kill us, what makes me more upset is our Government is and has been aware of this for years, come on Government it seems to me in your eyes it is worth the deaths of humans and animals as long as the bottom dollar keeps rolling in, I am beginning to think you are becoming as evil as they are, pretty scary...
JCK7997 May 24, 2014 at 09:39 am
Why is it going to take until the end of the year to remove them from shelves?!?
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MJ April 29, 2014 at 08:36 am
Good thing this was not printed in the paper - what a wast of ink and paper it would be!
DaisyGal April 29, 2014 at 08:59 am
Can people stop giving Old Greenwich the idea that they are a town separate from Greenwich.
DaisyGal April 29, 2014 at 09:08 am
If you live in Greenwich, Cos Cob or Riverside, you know many of the folks in Old Greenwich thinkRead More they are a separate town. Last I checked they are a community within Greenwich. Yes, we have multiple zip codes but Greenwich is not a city.
Bill Fasula April 28, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Pay without taxes and cost of living is meaningless. It's what we have come to expect from theRead More patch.
Paul Bahre April 29, 2014 at 07:52 am
Yeah we make big bucks around here? Not... Well at least 1/2 of Granby does the rest of us have toRead More scrimp every pay day just to make an appearance at paying the bills. With the town government steadily increasing the mill rate this place is now totally off the grid on taxation...
Thomas Alegi April 29, 2014 at 03:27 pm
Mr. Flanagan, When the Patch first started it was worth reading, today after their change to thisRead More new cost saving format it’s like a first grader who doesn’t do any of his/her homework, which in the long run would make him/her archive greatness.
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Concerned Parent April 23, 2014 at 09:56 am
infidel81..I agree, I used to belong to a local Teamster Union and got out as fast as I could,Read More because I experienced exactly what you stated. I witnessed people only doing exactly what was needed and nothing more, then complain about it. Unions are NO place for people who wish to advance themselves, and perhaps work their way up to be a possible CEO. This has become a societal plague, with some people believing they are due something for doing nothing, which is ridiculous. I find it amusing with the news that the middle class in Canada is richer than those in the US. For all the crap Americans give Canadians, look how well they are doing. Who's laughing now.
Igor April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
This is getting depressing. We are starting to agree with each other. LOL. I too was in a UnionRead More There was no recourse. It wasn't a close job, but you either joined or agency shop (which was $5.00 less a month). It wasn't when I first started at the company. After being there 10 years I didn't have much of a choice. With family leave now the attendance is so bad, but the union protects them. The beaters get just as much as the honest workers.
Concerned Parent April 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Igor..Where I worked was an open shop, but got nagged daily for a month to join the union and afterRead More a month I did, just to shut them up. Money coming out of each check and didn't know exactly what was happening with it. I guess some people find that acceptable, but I didn't and got out. Best decision I ever made in my life.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
all-c-ing-eye April 18, 2014 at 03:14 pm
And all this time i thought it was Pork Barrel spending.
JBrad April 19, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Mark, Your words are absolutely disgusting. Please do not use this comment thread as a vehicle toRead More spew your racist mentality. And for your information, food-borne illnesses come from agriculture, period. All around the world, including in the U.S. Lastly, your hatred for people of colour does not mean that you understand disease, at all. Good luck in life.
Eric Wessels May 7, 2014 at 11:16 am
If you really are worried about pork: It has come to my attention, much too late to do anythingRead More about it probably, that there is a hog confinement proposed to be constructed within 1 mile of my home. This is not an uncommon occurrence in the state of Iowa. In fact there are 10 homes within 1 mile of this proposed facility, some just ½ mile away. I have looked at the manure management plan and one poor family will have manure spread on three sides of their property throughout the year. Of course this proposed facility is under the limit of 2500 hogs to require a permit by 20 hogs, so no one was notified. They will run 2 sets of hogs through the facility each year, 4960 hogs. This will produce over 660,000 gallons of liquid waste to be stored in a 270’ long, 70’ wide, 8’ deep lagoon. The manure will all be spread in section 13 of the Adel Township in Dallas County. My secondary concern (my primary concern is my family) is for others impacted and the county as a whole. This is terrible planning. The proposed facility lies in the center between Adel, Waukee, and Dallas Center. Dallas County is the second fastest growing county in the country. Waukee builds a new school every year. The Waukee soccer complex is a short 3.5 mile drive south. The proposed new county facilities would be 3 miles away. There is a church on highway 6 less than 3 miles away. The parking lot for the bike trail in Waukee is less than 3 miles away. The bike trail from Waukee to Dallas Center that was just completed, and is well used, is less than 100 yards. All of these items are outside the limits set by the legislature, but all will be affected. The county web site has maps indicating the entire core from Waukee to Adel and DC is anticipated residential with a regional commercial core where this is located. The long range planning has a western bypass that ties into the highway 5 bypass going right by this facility less than half a mile. Maybe this is what they mean by regional commercial. The map shows a 3/4 mile swath from R16 to R22 just north of 270th street. In a conversation I had w/ the county, it was stated this owner plans to build several (no number or location was given) in Dallas County. He can put facilities of this size every ½ mile without a permit because they will all be considered individual units under the size required to be permitted. I can’t believe this is what the citizens of Dallas County want, or what the planning organizations spend their time working on simply to be ignored. The problem primarily lies in the fact that local control is not allowed. In almost every other aspect of governance, local control is preferred and advocated for by the Iowa legislature. Big Ag controls the legislature and the DNR. Talk to your rep. Talk to your senator. Get local control for issues that affect you and your neighbors.
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Joel April 7, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Get back on topic. And while you're at it cut the condescending, holier-than-thou, I'm smarter thatRead More you, intellectual pinhead act. You don't want to hear others ideas and opinions. We are somehow not on your level. The only jihad is yours. Your posts speak volumes. Thanks in advance.
Joe Blow April 7, 2014 at 07:15 pm
Hey Reyn, you write a lot but say nothing then follow up with some insult or name calling, typicalRead More liberal B.S. What you refer to "jihad" is me laying out the truth that you choose to ignore while trying to cover it up with your circle talk or backpedaling. You are a weak coward like all liberal loons who backdoor everything.
Joe Blow April 8, 2014 at 01:49 am
Hey Tabasco and Reyn, maybe this will help put things in perspective for you and give you a simpleRead More understanding of the working middle class getting raped by the gubbmint. BTW- Note which state is the highest taxed, lol. Enjoy, statistics from a reliable source http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/07/tax-freedom-day-falls-three-days-later-this-year/
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Joe Blow March 31, 2014 at 03:56 pm
Well Larry, I read your blog and have some mixed feelings on the subject. First, the human body isRead More not intended to be a herbivore (you can start by looking at your teeth which are intended to rip and eat meat). Having said that, I'm not sure the crap they sell in stores these days would constitute as "meat" and the slop they sell at fast food places is even worse. Your blogs references to your grandparents and parents ways to obtain meat is the school I come from. We eat a lot of venison and the chicken, pork and beef we eat are all farm raised and butchered by myself. I do all my own cutting and packaging as well as the processing. Yes, I do make my own hotdogs and other processed meats.
CAjones March 31, 2014 at 04:10 pm
It's amazing how one obscure thread about free coffee brings out so many opposing views onRead More everything but coffee..... Don't you people have lives? It's free coffee people not "Cosmos". Maybe you folks are drinking too much coffee..... or something!!
Larry Ferrari March 31, 2014 at 05:15 pm
Joe you got the point...
This doll sold at Walmart is being recalled. Credit: CT Department of Consumer Protection
emmers27 March 26, 2014 at 04:01 pm
So do I understand this right.... the girl gets all hot and then she burns you. Yep, that's happenedRead More to me a number of times...
Catherine & Dennis March 26, 2014 at 08:56 pm
You mean like our food and drugs are tested for safety? Bet it's sold at Dollar Tree lol
chuck March 30, 2014 at 09:16 pm
Its actually a 70's retro doll. It burns bras.
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